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Natalie Karneef

copy/content writer, screen writer, writing coach, journalist, blogger, digital nomad

Natalie Karneef is a copywriter, script writer and journalist, whose work has appeared on the CBC, City TV and Discovery; and in Lonely Planet, enRoute magazine, and The Montreal Gazette. Find out more about her at
Welcome To The Island Of Beautiful Natalie Karneef

Welcome To The Island Of Beautiful People

Canggu is a visually stunning paradise where rice paddies meet ocean. Like most of Bali, it is full of kindness, and very relaxed. Out on the roads, cars, trucks, buses and scooters press up against each other, snaking through black exhaust in an unhurried manner, everyone just emanating this "we'll get there eventually" vibe.
06/17/2016 10:46 EDT
Mothering Uganda's Generation Of Orphaned Natalie Karneef

Mothering Uganda's Generation Of Orphaned Grandchildren

Imagine a life where a saucepan is your most treasured resource. Where having access to a single a garden hoe can make a world of difference to your family's livelihood. Where that family consists of several orphaned grandchildren, many of whom are HIV positive. And you, an elderly grandmother, are their only hope for survival.
05/02/2016 02:14 EDT
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Why We Volunteer (And How You Can Too)

It's not surprising that young people are Canada's most active volunteers, representing about 66 per cent of those who give their time for a cause. Time is, after all, on their side. But our country's volunteering numbers might surprise you. In 2013, 4 out of 10 Canadians volunteered, putting in 1,957,000,000 total hours. This week, National Volunteer Week, we celebrate them, while also asking: How do they do it?
04/11/2016 12:44 EDT
Saving Daylight: Let's Be Grateful When We Spring Natalie Karneef

Saving Daylight: Let's Be Grateful When We Spring Forward

In our constantly powered world, it's easy to forget what access to electricity means in terms of basic sustenance, safety and health. When the power is out, Sierra Leoneans in need of blood transfers in Sierra are usually transferred to other hospitals -- and often die along the way.
03/09/2016 10:40 EST
Hopes For The Future Of Black History

Hopes For The Future Of Black History Month

Meet Marie Jeanne and Martha. Marie Jeanne and her six siblings were raised by their single mother. Martha comes from a family of five. It was only through financial assistance that Marie Jeanne compl...
02/02/2016 06:51 EST
Why I Never Felt Beautiful and Now I Getty

Why I Never Felt Beautiful and Now I Do

One thousand people could tell you you're beautiful and you'd never believe it. That it's like the difference For the first time, you understand that it won't come from lists of affirmations, or ashtanga yoga, or expensive makeup. It will only come from your heart. And it never has.
09/22/2013 11:55 EDT
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What I Learned at the Rocky Horror Picture Show

After a four-hour trek through downtown to find coloured fishnet stockings, a garter, and plastic water pistols in an outfit that reveals more skin than I do at the doctor's office, we are on our way to the Late Night Double Feature Picture Show. I begin to get very nervous when remember that I am not wearing pants.
12/21/2012 06:04 EST

Why "Trying" Is Different Than Having Sex

There is nothing less romantic or erotic than getting busy with the end goal of producing something that wears poopy diapers. "Trying" is really, well, trying. Anyone who thinks it's "the fun part" has never had to turn it into work -- relentless, scheduled, no-matter-how-tired-you-are, get-up-at-5:30a.m.-before-you-go-to-work, work -- which is then charted on graph according to basal body temperature.
10/09/2012 07:42 EDT
My First Real Life Big Fat Greek Dawn Dwyer-Pappas

My First Real Life Big Fat Greek Wedding

My husband, Tony, is of Hellenic origin, and although we've been together for six years, this was my first wedding as part of the family. (Our own, with an outdoor ceremony conducted by a Unitarian minister at a maple sugar shack, definitely didn't qualify as Greek.) But there have been lots of other events -- engagement parties and funerals, the dipping of babies in olive oil -- and they all have one thing in common, aside from the abundance of food: half an hour before we leave the house, my husband goes bonkers.
08/16/2012 08:11 EDT
My Love Letter to Montreal, 10 Years in the AP

My Love Letter to Montreal, 10 Years in the Making

Ten years ago last Sunday, I sat by a window at a breakfast restaurant on de Maisonneuve, ordered a plate of pancakes, got out my journal, and wrote: "What have I just done?" I had just moved to Montreal with $1,000 in my pocket and no job. Ten years later I'm happier than I've ever been -- due in large part to this wonderful city.
06/13/2012 05:08 EDT
Higher Alamy

Higher Ground

We bear our children at the feet of mountains. Not literally. I mean, some people might. Personally, I'm still on the fence about giving birth any further than 10 feet from a spinal tap. But figurativ...
05/02/2012 12:02 EDT
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Learning to Swim at 33

I didn't learn to swim until more than 10 years after the day I almost drowned. You'd think I would have signed up for swimming lessons as soon as I made it to dry land, but I always had an excuse. Until my doctor strongly advised me to stop running and take up swimming.
03/24/2012 04:21 EDT
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How to Travel Light

"Look how beautiful it is," I was thinking. "Isn't it beautiful? WHY CAN'T YOU JUST STOP WORRYING AND BE PRESENT WITH HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS?" And then I remembered the thing I always remember halfway through a trip: no matter how well you pack, you can't travel without your baggage.
03/07/2012 01:13 EST
Things My Husband and I Argue About When We Make Fuel

Things My Husband and I Argue About When We Make Pizza

"Do we really need yeast?" I ask. "YES!" exclaims Tony, to whom pizza is a very, very important part of life. I run to the corner store, buy yeast, return, and mix it into the recipe. But something is wrong. Very wrong. "The dough is really crumbly," Tony points out. "I noticed," I say, through gritted teeth.
02/24/2012 02:17 EST